Money for Ararat Fire Sta­tion

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The State Gov­ern­ment will build a new $2.25-mil­lion Ararat Fire Sta­tion as part of a $60-mil­lion in­vest­ment into fire-fight­ing fa­cil­i­ties, train­ing and equip­ment across the state.

Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter James Mer­lino vis­ited Ararat last week to make the an­nounce­ment.

The new sta­tion will re­place the Ararat Fire Brigade’s Tu­son Street build­ing, built in 1970 and un­suit­able to meet the vol­un­teer brigade’s fu­ture needs.

The his­tory of fire-fight­ing in Ararat dates back to 1859, when the Ararat Ur­ban Fire Brigade es­tab­lished its orig­i­nal home in a ho­tel room.

Ararat Ru­ral Fire Brigade formed in 1942 and the two brigades merged in 2006 to form Ararat Fire Brigade.

The brigade has 60 op­er­a­tional as well as 11 aux­il­iary mem­bers.

Mem­bers re­spond, on av­er­age, to more than 170 in­ci­dents each year, and are also in­volved in community safety pro­grams such as Brigades in Schools and home fire safety work­shops.

Mr Mer­lino said the gov­ern­ment was giv­ing fire­fight­ers the nec­es­sary as­sets to re­spond to emer­gen­cies and keep their com­mu­ni­ties safe.

“The new sta­tion in Ararat will be a sig­nif­i­cant boost to fire ser­vices in the re­gion, giv­ing the Ararat Fire Brigade a mod­ern base from which they can re­spond to emer­gen­cies,” he said.

NEW STA­TION: From left, Coun­try Fire Au­thor­ity Ararat act­ing chief of­fi­cer Gavin Free­man, Emer­gency Ser­vices Min­is­ter James Mer­lino, Ararat CFA first lieu­tenant Rob Star­ick, La­bor can­di­date for Ripon Sarah De San­tis and CFA District 16 op­er­a­tions...

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